Monthly Archives: May 2013

Teen center readies for Culture Camps, International Night

Our first Culture Camp of the summer is set for Monday, June 3, at the Cokata Wiconi teen center. The camp is open to youth ages 4 to 18, and it will run every day that week from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Culture Camps will take place the first week of each summer month. During this inaugural camp, highlights will include two days of learning about medicinal and traditional plants with Linda Bishop, two days of learning traditional arts with Ray Dupris, and traditional cooking with Tammy Eagle Hunter, our youth programs director.

“With Linda, the kids will learn about picking sage, digging for tipsila and making salve with native plants,” she said. “With Ray, they’ll learn about making traditional arts with buckskin, rawhide and beadwork. Then I’m going to work with them to make papa soup — dried meat, dried turnips and dried corn — one night for supper.”

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Midnight Basketball kickoff set for June 7, NETA fitness training program for June 8-9

We’ll be hosting two major wellness activities during the weekend of June 7-9. First, our 2013 Midnight Basketball season will kick off at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 7; the evening will include a special MBB breakfast from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday. Then we’ll host a special fitness training certification program at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9.

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Lock-In at Cokata Wiconi Rewards Sixth-Graders for Service Projects

Ten excited sixth-graders attended our first-ever overnight lock-in on Saturday, May 4, at the Cokata Wiconi teen center. The lock-in was an opportunity to experience the state-of-the-art facility prior to the kids’ official welcome as seventh-graders after the upcoming school year.

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Hey, Rapid City, we need your gently used prom dresses

For American teenagers, there is perhaps no greater rite of passage than the prom. This spring, teens across the country marked their formal entrance into adulthood by donning tuxedos and elegant evening gowns for a very special night shining with friendship, hope and promise. The future should never seem brighter than it does on prom night.

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“School’s Out!” Summer Kickoff Event on Friday, May 17

Youth Project also Announces Summer Youth Programming — CRYP Culture Camp, Fit College, Midnight Basketball, "Dinner and a Movie," Sports Camps and So Much More

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, has announced that it will host a “School’s Out!” summer kickoff event at its Cokata Wiconi teen center on Friday, May 17. Scheduled for 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., the free event is open to youth in grades 7 to 12.

The eight-hour extravaganza will include a 5-on-5 basketball tournament, a trivia game show, a “Scene It” competition, board games, video games and movies on the Cokata Wiconi big screen. Staff and volunteers also will provide snacks and an evening meal to all participants.

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Meet our new Youth Programs Director: Longtime staffer Tammy Eagle Hunter

Longtime CRYP staffer Tammy Eagle Hunter will serve as our youth programs director starting this month. She’s replacing Megan Guiliano, who will remain on site to mentor Tammy from May until July.

In her new role, Tammy will be responsible for program development and implementation at our Cokata Wiconi teen center and The Main youth center; youth and community outreach; grant writing and management; local fundraising; and managing CRYP organizational partnerships. She also will handle orientation, training and evaluations of new staff and volunteers.

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We’re hosting a special summit: Land + Water = Food

Indian country is already gearing up for the Mni Indigenous Water Summit on May 22-24 at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, but as it turns out, that’s not the only sustainable-systems summit taking place in north-central South Dakota this month. The 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation will be ground zero for learning more about sustainable agriculture, as well.

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